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NASA spacecraft to hit an asteroid in 2022

NASA spacecraft to hit an asteroid in 2022”

The conference attracted dozens of astronomers, academics and disaster experts who were eager to understand how the authorities might react to news that a killer asteroid was headed our way - and to what extent space missions and evacuation plans might mitigate the damage.

The asteroid, called Didymoon or Didymos B, is a moon asteroid around 150 meters tall orbiting a larger body Didymos A, the most accessible asteroid of its size from Earth.

The latest edition began Monday near Washington, with the following alert: an asteroid roughly 100 to 300 meters (330 to 1,000 feet) in diameter had been spotted and according to rough calculations had a one percent chance of hitting the Earth on April 29, 2027.

The virtual reality version of the United States city gets destroyed by a monster one-kilometre-wide asteroid. It didn't work. The main part of the asteroid went away but a fragment broke off and set its course for Earth.

Leviticus Lewis from FEMA's Response Operations Division said: "Bringing together the disaster management community and the scientific community is critical to preparing for a potential asteroid impact in the future".

Those involved in the simulation determined that the only way to keep people safe was to evacuate the entire city of New York, USA Today reported.

NASA launched a probe in 2021 to examine the threat up close.

While the country initially planned to deflect the 197-foot rock, political strife curtailed the plans. Two months later, it was confirmed that all of New York City would be demolished from the space rock's impact.

All that remained was to prepare for impact.

The asteroid will enter the atmosphere at a blistering 69,000 kilometers per hour (43,000 miles per hour) and explode 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) above Central Park.

However, it's not the end of the world and more issues arise from such a scenario. "You're going to have fleets of U-hauls", said Brandy Johnson, an "angry citizen" in the exercise, referring to the rental moving trucks.

NASA said that the simulation "is created to help key decision makers practice for a real asteroid impact", but reassured people that: "Currently, there is no known asteroid with a significant probability of impacting Earth in the next century".

"In this situation, under global law, the United States, regardless of fault, as the launching state, would absolutely be liable to pay compensation", said Alissa Haddaji, coordinator of a group of 15 worldwide space lawyers created to study those very issues.

After a make-believe reconnaissance spacecraft launched in 2021 determined that the asteroid was on a direct course for Denver, NASA and the space agencies of Europe, Russia, China and Japan built and launched six equally fictitious spacecraft to slam into the asteroid in 2024 and knock it off course.



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